On June 8th 2017 the nation will head to the polls to vote on which party will guide the country through the Brexit negotiations. Now before you think “oh god another preachy who I should vote for post” think again, this is not that sort of post! I want to talk to you about why you should vote not who you should vote for.
Exactly 104 years ago a women died in a hospital bed from a fractured skull and internal building, while hate mail poured into the hospital she lay. She had been kicked in the head by a horse on June 4th 1913 while trying to pin a suffrage flag to a horse running in the Epsom Derby. Her name was Emily Wilding Davidson.
She was one of a large group of women who were campaigning to gain the vote. Those women faced angry criticism, from both men and other women, with claims that they were “unladylike” and unnatural”. Those who fought to gain the vote were imprisoned and it took another 15 years, staunch campaigning, forced feeding of those on hunger strike sanctioned under the Cat and Mouse Act, and a WW1 before all women over 21 were finally granted the vote, by the Equal Franchise Act 1928.
It has been a long road for voting equality, in 1832 the Representation of People Act was introduced to men who met certain property requirements. Fast forward to 1918, WW1 ends with a death toll to the UK of 744,000. Entire villages are left without a generation of men, thousands of men who gave the lives did so without the ability to vote. They sacrificed their lives for a country in which they were unable to vote, this was changed with the Representation of People Act 1918.
Finally in 1969 this was extended to all men and women over 18. The point I am trying to make is that it has been a long road to voting equality, and we owe it to the thousands of people before us who were unable to have a say in the running of their country, to vote.
We are lucky all we need to do is register to vote, which you can do by clicking here, and make sure you use it! In the last general election 34% of those who were registered to vote failed to use their democratic right to be heard and instead chose to waste their vote. Don’t be one of the Unheard Third, register to vote and use it!!
Until next time….